|The invited honorees for the International House Celebration and Awards Dinner on May 6 are former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and Jay Paxton. Mr. Paxton will be honored for a quarter century of service to International House.
Leon Panetta has had a distinguished public service career. Prior to serving as White House Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, he was Director of the Office of Management and Budget and served sixteen years in the House representing Monterey and Santa Cruz.
During his years in Congress, Mr. Panetta chaired several committees including the House Committee on the Budget. He authored the Hunger Prevention Act of 1988 and numerous successful measures to protect the California coast from offshore oil and gas drilling. He also served as Director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights.
Mr. Panetta will be recognized by International House for his leadership and support for the importance of foreign language study. In 1979, he was a member of the President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies and reported on the nation's progress since that time in a paper entitled, Foreign Language Education: If Scandalous in the 20th Century, What Will It Be In The 21st Century?
He is concerned about foreign language study, particularly in a "new century in which globalization and internationalism will be the hallmarks of diplomatic, military, economic, and social policy." Panetta, who learned Italian at home from his parents and grandfather, finds that the U.S. is lacking the commitment needed in order to advance foreign language study.
Mr. Panetta currently co-directs, with his wife Sylvia, the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Elizabeth Farnsworth is PBS senior correspondent concentrating primarily on covering foreign affairs and the ats from the NewsHour office in San Francisco, which she heads.
Ms. Farnsworth will be honored by International House for her in-depth coverage of international news and issues. She has covered international events on location for the NewsHour in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza as well as in Haiti, Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru, Nicaragua, Korea, Japan, and the U.S. Recently she reported on the AIDS crisis in Africa and traveled to Egypt to report on the repercussions there of the events of September 11.
An accomplished journalist, writer, and producer-director, Farnsworth's short-form television pieces have won many awards.
Jay Paxton will be honored for a quarter century of service to International House as one of its longest serving Board members. He is also a Trustee of the University of California Berkeley Foundation.
In his twenty-five years of service to International House, Jay has been a leader in developing a strategic vision for the House and its outreach to the campus and international alumni. He initiated a successful partnership between International House and the Haas School of Business to sponsor and organize bi-annual International Alumni Symposia. Since that time, International Symposia have been held in Munich, Hong Kong, London, and Tokyo.
Mr. Paxton is a director and managing partner of the law firm of Ellman, Burke, Hoffman & Johnson specializing in real estate transactions, leasing, and land-use planning. He earned his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Celebration and Awards Dinner is the largest fundraising event of the year for International House. Individual tickets are $250 and tables range from $3,500 to $10,000. Last year's event raised $100,000 in support of the House. For more information, please contact the Development Office at 510-642-4128.